National Fish Hatchery
The excellent water quality of Dale Hollow Lake is important to the operation of the Dale Hollow National Fish Hatchery, which is located just below Dale Hollow Dam. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service operates the hatchery on 40 acres of land leased from the Corps of Engineers.
Built in 1965 and expanded in 1994, the Dale Hollow Fish Hatchery is the largest federal trout hatchery east of the Mississippi. It produces 1.5 million rainbow, brown, and lake trout annually, an average production of around 300,000 pounds. The fish are distributed in Tennessee and also in Alabama and Georgia. The hatchery and aquarium are open to visitors every day from 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and is a popular tourist venue.
For more information contact Dale Hollow National Fish Hatchery at (931) 243-2443, or visit www.fws.gov/dalehollow/.